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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    This movie has a sweetness at its core. show more

  • 50
    USA Today

    Though there are some funny sequences, the frothy Bubble Boy evaporates without delivering enough belly laughs. show more

  • 25
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The bubble-boy niche is thankfully small. John Travolta began his career playing one in a TV movie, but this movie will undoubtedly finish off the genre for good. show more

  • 50
    Charles Savage Miami Herald

    Belongs to that genre of movie that works hard to achieve a certain twisted and demented wit. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    There's always been room for rudeness in humor. In fact, it can be invigorating. But Bubble Boy goes through the motions of being outrageous when all it's really got is a rage to conform to formula. show more

  • 38
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Fitfully funny at best, it's a sophomoric, facetious road comedy. show more

  • 38
    Baltimore Sun

    It seems that in the movies, at least, there is a limit to how far low expectations can take you. show more

  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    The bubble-kid moms can whine all they want, but Bubble Boy is a liberated movie --liberated from tastefulness, of course, but also from logic, suffering, consequence, and temperance. show more

  • 30
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Hard though this antic farce tries to be outrageous, its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile, as is the use of Jimmy's plastic bubble as a goofy metaphor for fear of life. show more

  • 78
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    It's a shame if the controversy surrounding Bubble Boy distracts people from what a smart, subversive, and genuinely good-hearted film it is. show more

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